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Woman staples man in domestic dispute

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The Jamestown [NY] Police Department responded to a domestic dispute on W. 4th Street.

Upon arrival, Officers found a man victim with staples in his forehead.

The investigation revealed that the victims girlfirend, Jodi Gilbert, struck him in the forehead with a Stanley Hammer Tacker (carpenter stapler) several times during a dispute…

Gilbert was arrested for the charges of aggravated criminal contempt and assault.

Gilbert was transported to City Jail where she is awaiting arraignment.

The victim received medical treatment at WCA Hospital.

Technology marches on. Back in the day, she might have just larruped him a few times in the forehead with the business end of a ball-peen hammer.

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Written by Ed Campbell

January 9, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Filial piety as law

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An editorial in the current issue of China Daily

Everyone agrees that people should visit their aged parents regularly if they are living separately. But whether this requirement should be written into law is a controversial matter.

The proposed amendment to the law on elderly people has a clause that says independent children should visit their aged parents regularly and should not ignore their need for love and affection.

If the amendment is adopted, parents will be able to sue their children in court for not visiting them for a long time. The number of elderly couples not living with their children is rising, and the amendment could provide them with a legal weapon to defend their rights of being looked after – at least emotionally – by their children.

Some people call the amendment ridiculous and meaningless, because a legal code should not be aimed at mending broken relations between children and parents. They contend that most children try their best to take some time out of their busy schedule to visit their parents and most parents excuse their children for not being able to keep them company for long or regularly.

Hence, they say that even if the amendment is adopted very few parents will take their children to court for not visiting them for a long time or not fulfilling their emotional needs.

But such a legal provision will serve as a reminder to young couples that they have the obligation to meet the emotional needs of their aged parents irrespective of how busy they may be. Parents could even remind their sons and daughters of their legal obligation. Contrary to some people’s fear that such a law will have serious consequences, it will only help consolidate the bond between most parents and children.

My parents would have voted for a law like this. Especially with all the years I spent wandering the globe, missing holidays with the family.

Written by Ed Campbell

January 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Coalition helps homeowners buy back foreclosed houses

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Kimberlynn Collins says she cried when Ted Phillips appeared on her doorstep last summer and asked her whether she knew her house was going to be sold at auction because of delinquent property taxes. “I knew it was going to happen, but I didn’t think there was anything I could do about it,” said Collins, 49, of Detroit.

She said a divorce and layoff from her job as a massage therapy instructor put her into a financial tailspin that caused her to fall $5,500 behind in property taxes on her two-story home on Detroit’s west side.

But Phillips, executive director of United Community Housing Coalition in Detroit, was there to deliver hope, not doom.

Thanks to his nonprofit housing advocacy group, Collins and 149 other homeowners bought back their property at the Wayne County Treasurer’s tax auction in October, in most cases for a fraction of what they owed in back taxes.

The feat, accomplished for the modest sum of $194,000, got noticed by other groups.

Equal to the bill for a couple of Sarah Palin speeches.

“We have hundreds of millions of dollars being thrown at the foreclosure problem in Michigan with less than impressive results,” said Lisa Nuszkowski, outgoing director of the Michigan Foreclosure Task Force.

“This shows what kind of impact you can have with a small amount of money,” she added…

180 people trusted their fate to the coalition

Phillips said his only regret is that the coalition lost the bid on 30 homes.

“It was heartbreaking,” he said, “but we just didn’t have enough money to save them.”

He said the group hopes to help even more homeowners at next year’s auction.

Bravo!

Perish the thought that government beancounters couldn’t have worked this out beforehand.

Written by Ed Campbell

January 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Tucson Six: young and old, public servants and citizens

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The dead victims of the Tuscon shooting attack represented a range of people that might be found at any congressional constituents’ event.

They included a 9-year-old girl just elected to her school council who wanted to see a real politician close up; a federal judge who happened to be nearby and stopped to see his friend the congresswoman; a congressional aide responsible for community outreach, and several senior citizens, representative of the demographic of the nation’s most active voters.

Of all the tragedies, the death of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green seemed to cut the deepest, as children’s deaths invariably do.

The grade-schooler was recently elected president of the student council at the Mesa Verde Elementary School…

Her grief-stricken father, John Green, a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, told an interviewer through a voice that broke at times:

She was born on 9/11. So she came in on a tragedy and she went out on a tragedy. Those nine years in between were very special. We’re all going to miss Christina. We were four people. Now we’re three. All I can say is we’re going to be strong for each other. And we’re going to honor Christina because she was a beautiful strong little girl. And we’re going to remember all the good things about her…”

Also killed was U.S. District Judge John McCarthy Roll, 63…

Gabe Zimmerman, 30, was Giffords’ director of community outreach. He was a former social worker who was engaged to be married…

The three additional victims were retirees: Phyllis Schneck, 79; Dorwan Stoddard, 76, and Dorothy Morris, 76.

Dory Stoddard was a retired construction worker who threw himself across his wife to protect her. She was shot in the legs three times.

I haven’t more details to add at this time. RTFA for most of what’s available, now.

Half these people were my peers, elderly, retired after a working life. There were no corporate lobbyists. There were no TV-star populist pimps. There were no talk radio millionaires or preachers with palatial pulpits.

Just folks who live on social security checks and medicare. Those “socialist” plots that undermine the freedom to be a murdering gun-thug.

Written by Ed Campbell

January 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Sheriff ties violence to populists, opportunist media

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Daylife/AP Photo used by permission

The tenor of American political rhetoric became a centerpiece in the national debate over Saturday’s attack by a gunman in Tucson, Arizona, that killed six people and left local Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords with a bullet wound to the brain…

While not stating a motive for the shootings, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik in Tucson used a nationally televised press conference to condemn the tone of political discourse in his state. He charged that public debate is now “vitriolic rhetoric,” which has rendered Arizona “the mecca for prejudice and bigotry…”

“We need to do some soul searching,” Dupnik told reporters. “It’s the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business.

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government, the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this county is getting to be outrageous. Unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become sort of the capital,” Dupnik continued.

We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry,” Dupnik said…

“People who are unbalanced may be especially susceptible to vitriol,” Dupnik said. “It’s not unusual for all public officials to get threatened constantly, myself included. That’s the sad thing that’s going on in America. Pretty soon we’re not going to be able to find reasonable people to subject themselves to serving the public…”

“People tend to pooh-pooh this business about the vitriol that inflames American public opinion by the people who make a living off of that. That may be free speech but it’s not without consequences,” Dupnik said.

The smarmy, opportunist politicians who climb aboard the rhetoric of violence from retrograde misfits like the KoolAid Party deserve all the credit they can get – for leading the nation to this violent state. Like conservatives who rode Joe McCarthy’s coattails – even though they personally espoused freedom of thought [they said], like Republicans who worked at assuming the cloak of racism with Nixon’s Southern Strategy – even though they voted for the Civil Rights Act, the political goon squad that owns the 2-party revolving backwardness account should stand up and take credit for the nutballs.

They lay the groundwork, they manage the job site. Just because some looney comes along and takes them at their word doesn’t erase responsibility.

This would be a good day to stand in front of Dick Armey’s house – or either Koch brothers mansion – with a poster of Gabrielle Giffords. No words needed. No explanation. These thugs know what they have wrought.

Written by Ed Campbell

January 9, 2011 at 9:00 am

Lobbyist ends up where he belongs – behind bars!

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Paul Magliocchetti, the once-powerful lobbyist whose PMA Group collapsed after being raided by federal agents two years ago, was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Friday for his role in one of the largest schemes to evade limits on campaign donations ever uncovered.

A federal judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, T. S. Ellis III, also sentenced Mr. Magliocchetti to two years of supervised release and fined him $75,000…

Lanny A. Breuer, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, vowed to “continue to bring to justice those who hide the source of campaign funds and thus damage the integrity of our election process.”

“Paul Magliocchetti spent half of a decade gaming the system,” Mr. Breuer said. “He concocted a massive scheme to secretly funnel money to political campaigns — all so that he could gain wealth and prestige. As today’s sentence makes clear, he must now pay a price.”

We have a Supreme Court stacked in favor of exactly the same crooked corporations Magliocchettii worked for. It ain’t going to get easier.

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